When word got out that the Little Sluice was going to be altered from the state it had been in for almost 20 years, people were in an uproar. And, truth be told, I can’t say I was exactly thrilled by the news either. However, while the recent transformation of the Little Sluice was big news, it was only significant because it was an iconic obstacle on the Rubicon Trail. The sad thing is, there have been work crews on the Rubicon quietly filling in rock gardens with crushed rocks, removing massive boulders, chopping down trees and closing off obstacles from end to end for quite some time now.
In addition to having an awesome off-road park like Turtle Ridge, Drummond Island hosts over 117 miles of trails that meander through boreal forests, across glacial rock deposits and stone ridges carved out by Lake Huron. It truly is one of the most beautiful places you will ever see and, we were happy to relax and explore it on our final day of the 2012 JK-Experience. Here are some highlight photos from tour around the island, I hope you enjoy.
Our 6th day on the 2012 JK-Experience would take us up and over the Mackinac Bridge and then across by ferry to Drummond Island which is the eastern most point on Michigan’s Upper Penisula.
Located a little south of Houghton Lake, Rocks and Valleys is a relatively new off-road park with over 200 arces of hills, rocks, mud, tightly planted trees and other obstacles that offer a great time for wheelers of all skill levels. And, as luck would have it, this is where we would get to spend the second half of our fifth day on the JK-Experience. It’s also where most of us would get our first experience wheeling on tires!!
Today, Redbird has become a premier off-road destination and our very first chance to hit the dirt… or, should I say MUD!! Oh yeah – thanks to the 6″ of rain that fell the day before and with more predicted to fall that day, there was little doube that we’d get to experience heartland wheeling as it should be and in all it’s glory. Here are some pics from our trip, I hope you enjoy.
in the town of Terre Haute, Indiana, our 1,100 mile adventure would take us up through the state of Ohio and end all the way up at the Canadian border on Michigan’s beautiful, Drummond Island.
Our first official day on the 2012 the JK-Experience was a busy one that involved meetings, tech inspections, getting stickered up and doing some last minute maintenance on our rigs.
Swamp Lake is a beautiful 13 mile difficult rated trail located deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and near to the town of Shaver Lake, California. Because of it’s remote location and all the snow they normally get up there, it’s also a trail that has a limited window upon which it can be run.
Our last day in Tahoe just happend to be on a Friday and, rather than just make a bee line back home, Cindy and I decided to take a round about route and use up the whole weekend to get there. And, being that there was still so much more that we’ve been wanting to see and explore in Northern Nevada, that’s where we headed off to – northeast along the historic Emigrant Trail, out to explore the area surrounding Lovelock, down to Fallon, east to Austin, south to Tonopah and then back into California via Highway 6. It was an epic journey taking two days to do but man, was it ever awesome! Here are some photos highlighting our trip back, I hope you enjoy.